This bit of news hits me in the right way. Upon reading it, I couldn’t help but feel like, “ah, yeah, that feels right.”
It was announced back during E3 that every character from the past iterations of Super Smash Bros. would be present and accounted for in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but who would be the starting lineup for the new game? It was stated during the show that the game would start out with much fewer characters than recent takes on the franchise, but how many would it be? A new report from Famitsu — written by the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai — tells us what to expect in that department.
“The number of fighters that you can use from the beginning will be limited to those you could play as in the Nintendo 64 game. That way, the player can enjoy unlocking the characters one-by-one like in a typical fighting game; unlocking them all is a fair challenge, and some might be a little difficult, but most can be unlocked without any major difficulty. In my own experience, when I play fighting games I often quit before I’ve unlocked everybody, even if there are many that I haven’t played as. The more characters there are, I feel like it’s easier to quit without playing as them all, so I felt that simply increasing the number of characters in the roster wasn’t necessarily a good thing. But on the other hand, Super Smash Bros. is a character-based fighting game, and a lot of people look forward to fighting as their favorite character; that was a particular subject we grappled with when deciding to have everyone appear.”
I suffer under no delusion that I’m an ideal gamer, but I can’t help but love hearing this. The reason? When I cracked open the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game a few years back, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit let down when I saw the number of characters we started with. Simply put, there were too many characters to start with, and I felt little reason to actually dive in and get to work unlocking them all.
By starting out with fewer characters, players like me may feel more inclined to grind to get the ones they REALLY want to play as. Additionally, I like the idea of the game starting out with its roots.
One thing that’s not completely clear is if it will start out with the eight characters the N64 version started out with or the 10 it ended with. Either way, I’m in.
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SOURCE: Famitsu (via Nintendo Everything)